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Noun
An instance of declining to vote for or against a proposal or motion
“Voters in the cities, like Harare and Bulawayo, voted No by three to one, whilst in the rural heartlands that were expected to vote Yes there were widespread abstentions.”
Noun
The practice of restraining oneself from indulging in something, typically alcohol or sex
“The disquieting voices of the few people who doubted that complete abstention was achievable for most problematic consumers were drowned out in a sea of treatment optimism.”
Noun
The act of abstaining from something, such as drinking alcohol
“A daylong abstention from food and water.”
Noun
The state of being unmarried
Noun
A solemn recantation or renunciation on oath
Noun
Laissez-faire
Noun
The ability to control oneself, in particular one's emotions and desires, especially in difficult situations
Noun
The act of eschewing
Noun
The act of abstaining from, or eating very little, food
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